The Garage Series for Office 365: What’s new in the world of apps for Office?

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This week hosts Jeremy Chapman and Richard diZerega explore what’s new in the new world of apps for Office. They look at the top 5 new features including amazing content apps for PowerPoint, Excel APIs for formatting, content apps for Access, mail APIs for body and attachments and compose mail apps. Watch as Richard masterfully demonstrates all of this along the way.

Last week we caught up with Jeremy Thake to talk about the apps for Office model itself and what is new, different and better versus the more traditional extensibility options in Office, SharePoint and Exchange. This week we examine things that have recently been added as new capabilities to the apps for Office model itself. The great thing about the cloud and its agile development is that the extensibility platform itself can continually evolve. So we highlight the top 5 recent additions and enhancements to the apps for Office model.

Instead of give everything away in the blog, I’ll encourage you to watch the show. Richard is always one of the best Garage Series cohosts and here he doesn’t disappoint as he presents the apps for Office model and shows few awesome demonstrations in PowerPoint, mail, Excel and even Access that you don’t want to miss.

Next time, we’ll hit the road again as we put Office 365 offline and device support to the test in the deserts and waterways surrounding Dubai.

See you then!

Jeremy Chapman

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Office 365 Garage Series Apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8


About the Garage Series hosts

By day, Jeremy Chapman works at Microsoft, responsible for optimizing the future of Office client and service delivery as the senior deployment lead. Jeremy’s background in application compatibility, building deployment automation tools and infrastructure reference architectures has been fundamental to the prioritization of new Office enterprise features such as the latest Click-to-Run install. By night, he is a car modding fanatic and serial linguist. Richard diZerega is a Technology Solutions Professional in Dallas, TX, where he helps large enterprise customers architect solutions. Although a developer at heart, he’s spent a good portion of the last decade architecting SharePoint-centric solutions in the areas of Search, Portals/Collaboration, Content/Document Management, and Business Intelligence.


  1. Hi Jeremy – Thanks for your video. You had mentioned that the same Web App that works in Excel also works in Access. If that were true, why is there a separate Bing Maps manifest file for Access (see When is the same web app used and when are different ones required? Also, you are showing “What’s new in the world of apps”, but I can’t find a manifest file for “Class Rank Chart”. Where can I find that? – Andy

    • Jeremy Chapman User">

      From Richard –

      Question 1 – Just because the same app can be used in both Excel/Access doesn’t mean it has to be developed that way. It might make sense to separate to target specific Excel or Access things. Also, the Bing Maps app for Excel has been around for a long time…the Access app may have been developed separately so it didn’t interrupt the existing app in production

      Question 2 – The class rank app I demoed isn’t in the store, but I can post the code if interested.

  2. I have a request for something to cover.

    I think I’m a typical heavy user trying to figure out how to move a very robust Office 2010 stand alone desktop user to office 365 small business premium (upgrading to Office 2013) without losing all of the categorization of contacts, contacts w pictures, e-mail rules & signatures, templates, calendars, contacts, historical e-mail folders, one note folders, and the three e-mail accounts currently feeding outlook. I’ve selected small business premium for the collaborative capabilities, & the synch across multiple platforms as well as I have my own small business (2). That said, I’d use it for both personal & business.

    It was way too much effort doing a clean install of WIN 8 and a re setup of Office 2010. I hope there is a simpler way. I can’t find anything on the web that addresses this issue. It’s as if MS takes it for granted. It’s the only thing keeping me from pulling the trigger.

    Thanks for any guidance.

    • Jeremy Chapman User">

      Hi Len,

      By default Office does pick up existing customizations from previous version installations of Office. Given the “clean install” statement above, I’m guessing you are moving from one PC to another. If that is the case, then as a small business I’d recommend the built-in Windows Easy Transfer tools to migrate your customizations. That will bring over everything you listed above. It wont bring over add-ins. For larger companies, the User State Migration Tool does this and is part of most automated deployment processes.

      We also roam common Office settings between computers with Office 365 ProPlus or any Office 365 Business set of client apps and on the email side we are doing as much as possible to store the settings you mention on the server side, so that they are available across devices and form factors.

      Hope this helps,

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